For those who enjoy the freedom and economics of riding their motorcycle, maintenance is essential to avoid unexpected break downs. When it comes to breaking down on the highway, it can be much scarier for a motorcyclist. To prevent unexpected break downs, maintenance is essential for motorcycles. Citywide Towing Service will share basic maintenance needed for motorcycles that can help prevent unexpected break downs while on the road.
Monitor Motorcycle Fuel Gauge
Not really considered maintenance, but as a motorcyclist, you will always want to monitor your fuel level. Motorcycles are very good on fuel and can go a long a long time between refills. However, a number of roadside assistance calls for motorcyclists are for fuel deliveries. Sometimes the motorcyclist can underestimate how much they have and how far it they can go with what they have left. Therefore, it is better to refuel before long trips.
Motorcycle Oil Change
Just like a car, the oil in a motorcycle helps to lucubrate the moving parts and well as keep the engine cool. If you are riding your motorcycle and putting lots of miles under the wheels, make sure to check and possibly service the oil every three months.
Keep Motorcycle Battery Charged
The little battery of a motorcycle can last between 3 to 4 years. However, it helps to maintain the battery’s charge. It is recommended to recharge the battery every 4 to 6 months. Roadside assistance services can help recharge and jump most cars and even motorcycle batteries. However, to avoid being stranded while waiting for roadside assistance, make sure to keep the battery charged. Additionally, keep the battery cables clean and free of corrosion.
Motorcycle Tire Pressure & Wear
Like all vehicles, make sure to check the pressure in the motorcycle’s tires. It is recommended to check the pressure once a month and maintain the proper levels. Along with inspecting the pressure, pay attention to the tread as well. Some motorcyclists like to take off fast which can wear down the tire’s tread faster. You can use the same penny trick to monitor the tire’s tread. Simply place a penny upside down and if the tread is lower than Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tires. Tire care is essential as motorcycle’s don’t carry a spare. Often if the tire can’t be repaired on sight, then the motorcycle will need to be towed.
Monitor Motorcycle Fluid & Cables
Motorcycles have four essential fluids that must be monitored. One is the gas, second the oil, third is the coolant, and fourth is the brake fluid. Double check the fluid levels at least every six months to prevent unexpected break downs or failures. Another major consideration is maintaining greased or oil cables. In order for the clutch and throttle to work properly, they must be properly greased and oiled.
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Not everyone regularly rides or depends on their motorcycle for transportation. Many people will ride their motorcycle in the right seasons. Daily use versus seasonal use has different maintenance needs. Make sure if the motorcycle has been sitting out for a season to do a complete maintenance overhaul before taking it out for the first time. Those who regularly use their motorcycle make sure to constantly monitor and maintain the motorcycle all year long. If you find yourself broken down with your bike and need roadside assistance or towing services, contact Citywide Towing Service today.